Known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and attractive Victorian houses among other things, San Francisco has a lot to offer for everyone. With great options for shopping, entertainment, art and culture, and a host of different attractions, this city in Northern California witnesses a significant footfall of tourists every year.
As with any other tourist destination, San Francisco has its own share of travel agents and guides offering you various tours that help you know the city. But there are a number of eccentric travel options that you can choose from to tour this US city to add a quirky edge to your holiday. Even if you are a resident of SF, you can still go on a tour using any of these transportation options to explore your own city in a way you might have not done till now. Or better yet, try out all these SF city tours to discover the city like never before.
What better way can be there to explore San Francisco than a ride on a national landmark? One of the few places in the world where you can actually ride on a national historic landmark, this city has cable cars as one of its best-known attractions in the Bay area. Packing in the charm of the olden days while you explore the sights and sounds of the new-age city, these classic icons make the perfect transit option for touring San Francisco. There are a number of motorized cable car tours available in the city—just pick one and get your share of a rare, vintage ride as you go around taking in the San Francisco landmarks.
Almost all aerial views are fascinating, but a bird’s eye view of San Francisco has its own charm with its beautiful buildings, striking topography, and spectacular bridges. The remarkable views, combined with the thrill of being in a helicopter over the city, are bound to make your SF city tour a truly unique and memorable experience. This option for a tour might be a little more expensive than the others, but who would mind paying a few extra bucks for such an incredible experience?
With aerial and historic tours done, why not opt for a water ride next? San Francisco’s Bay area is as beautiful when seen from the water as from land. However, a view of the city from the sea gives a completely different perspective—one that you will have to experience to believe. Take a tour of the area on a sailboat, and let yourself get mesmerized by the bayside sights while feeling the cool sea breeze through your hair.
Now who wouldn’t want to experience a swanky limo ride? Instead of navigating your way through the city in your car or a bus full of other tourists, you can opt for a limousine to explore the city in true style. Just relax on the back seat of the limo as your chauffeur drives you around the city, and take in the various sights through tinted windows. A limo tour is the perfect idea for a romantic tour of the city with your sweetheart, or with a small group of your close friends. So splurge just this once, and give yourself an once-in-a-lifetime SF city tour. However, do remember to hire a good driver who knows the city well, as not all roads are limo-friendly in San Francisco.
Considered as the California cousins of the famous double Decker buses of London, this is another great way to tour San Francisco. Enjoy the California sunshine as you ride on these bright red, open air vehicles that provide you a second story view of everything in the city. This transportation option especially makes a good idea when you are traveling with the whole family, as you can have a memorable time together, catching the various landmarks and capturing everything on your cameras.
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